Date: Fri, 19 May 1995 12:20:35 +0100
From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU
Subject: Re: 1995 Candidates "Word of the Year"
I'd like to know if people are really using it or if it's just part
of an organized campaign to get this word out into the world.
Random House Dictionaries
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com
Not to be too dense, Jesse, but doesn't the second somehow presume the
first? People campaigning for a word are, presumably, using it. Or is this
a case of tobacco execs who don't smoke? More to the point, how do we
differentiate between language planning and language promotion or PR? Must
a word arise naturally or can it be consciously promoted? Certainly people
have done this in the past, with whatever degree of success. And there are
those stories out there about the origins of humongous.
Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uiuc.edu
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